North Melbourne expect to announce coach before end of November

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North Melbourne expect to be in a position to announce a new senior coach to replace Rhyce Shaw within a fortnight as they begin to narrow in on a list of candidates which includes experienced Brisbane Lions football manager David Noble.

The club embarked on a search for a new senior coach after a tumultuous end to the season when Shaw and the club came to a mutual decision to part ways in late October after the coach took an extended break for personal reasons.

The selection panel made up of CEO Ben Amarfio, football manager Brady Rawlings, premiership coach Paul Roos, board members Glenn Archer and Sonja Hood and leadership expert Terry Coyne has spent the past few weeks developing their selection criteria, sounding out potential candidates and accepting applications with the aim of reaching a decision before the end of November.

Paul Roos, when he was announced as Melbourne coach in 2013.Credit:Angela Wylie

When the new coach is appointed they will play a role in appointing a couple of new assistants to the coaching group after the club removed Jade Rawlings, Jarred Moore, Heath Scotland, Jason Lappin, Michael Firrito and Will Minson at the end of the season having already stood down Brendan Whitecross and Jared Rivers because of COVID-19 budget cuts.

Noble's candidacy became public this week with Collingwood assistant Robert Harvey and Eagles' assistant Jaymie Graham linked to the job.

In a question and answer session on the club website Rawlings told club members the Kangaroos would have a strong coaching panel once the process was completed with Gavin Brown, Leigh Adams and Brent Harvey retained at the end of 2020 and John Blakey recruited from Sydney at season's end.

"We are confident that we will have a great team of coaches to get the best out of our playing group," Rawlings said.

After finishing 17th the Kangaroos delisted 11 players at the end of the season and traded out Shaun Higgins and Ben Brown however they landed free agent Aidan Corr as well as Collingwood pair Jaidyn Stephenson and Atu Bosenavulagi and Western Bulldogs defender Lachie Young. They also have picks 2, 11, 30, 39, 70 and 81 in December's national draft.

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